Hofstra’s Phi Sigma Sigma- Human Trafficking Event
When I was still in high school, I honestly had no idea where I wanted to go to college. For the most part, I was excited to get “college visit” days so that I would get a break from my classes. After a few college visits and an approaching decision deadline, I decided on Hofstra University. Now, four years and so many crazy stories later, I am graduating and moving across the country. My four years have been amazing, horrible, fun, stressful, hazy and confusing, but through it all, I have grown as a person and learned a lot. College is what you make it and Hofstra is no exception. Below, are some of the secrets to success at Hofstra that I have learned:
1. Freshman Welcome Week events aren’t always mandatory, even if they say they are
My roommates and I only went to a few things during Welcome Week and we never got in trouble. So all those events that you have to “swipe in to” and that are “mandatory,” for the most part, that is more of a recommended attendance.
2. Live in the Netherlands or in Stuyvesant Hall (formerly New Complex) Freshmen year
Living in an all freshmen dorm really does make a difference. Doing this enables you to get to know your fellow freshmen and make some great friends. It’s easier to get to know people in these dorms because everyone is in the same boat of not knowing many people. In the towers and other upperclassman dorms, everyone already has friends and may not be as friendly, so trust me, stick with the freshman dorms.
3. If you are in Honors College, prepare yourself for C&E hell
C&E is the worst. I have not met anyone who enjoyed it, but if you can get through it, you are one step closer to graduating with honors.
Phi Sigma Sigma Formal at Hofstra
4. Join something
After freshman year, many people transfer and I’ll be honest, I was almost one of those people. I wasn’t really involved in anything and though I loved my roommates, I didn’t feel a connection to Hofstra. Once I started to get involved on campus, especially in my sorority (Phi Sigma Sigma) it became more fun.
5. The party’s will be busted and you will end up at a bar (at least once)
Be prepared for it. It’s inevitable. In my four years, I think only one of the parties I went to wasn’t busted. Also, make sure you ask if there is still alcohol before you go in, especially if you have to pay. My friends once paid to get into a party and then there was no alcohol left and they couldn’t get their money back. As for the bars, Dizzys is for freshman and Greek Night and McHebes is the most fun. End of story.
Greek Night at The Dizzy Lizard
6. You will be overwhelmed
Stress is a part of college. You have a lot of work in a short amount of time, but you’ll get through it. We’ve all done it. Just do your work (and be prepared that you may be pulling an all-nighter at some point). Remember to give yourself a break sometimes too. It’s ok to skip a class to do work for other classes or to just take a much needed, well-deserved nap. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you do this, it happens to the best of us and the guilt you feel will dissipate by your sophomore year.
7. Use “Rate my Professors”
Look on the website and see what your professors are like, although you should take it with a grain of salt, I found the site to be right on point most of the time.
8. Signing up for classes is stressful
It never gets better, you just get used to it. You will always be on the portal by 11:45 pm, refreshing every couple of minutes until midnight. It will be stressful and things will go wrong. Freshman year, I was given the wrong number so I couldn’t sign in to get my classes and many of my friends were locked out of classes because they were full. Moral of the story, try not to stress, get on the portal early, and have back up classes chosen.
9. Step out of your comfort zone and accept that you are going to change
College is the time where you are supposed to be adventurous and take risks. Be open to everything and don’t be afraid to try something new. You are going to make mistakes and that’s ok. Accept those mistakes, learn from them and move on. You are going to change and others are going to change. Freshman year, I thought I was going to be super close to all of my housemates. I still talk to and am close with a few of them, but others I don’t talk to at all and that’s ok. People change and grow apart. If you can accept that this is part of life, you’ll be fine.
10. “Only at Hofstra”
You will have fun, be stressed, hate your life, want to cry, laugh, dance, get drunk and learn a lot. There will be crazy times and confusing times and through it all you will often say, “Only at Hofstra” and shake your head. You will say this when you see people fighting with swords on the quad outside Lowe—yes, it really is for a class (Stage Combat), you will say it when everyone is drunk and crowded into Dutch at 1 am, you’ll say it when everyone in front of you stops walking in the middle of the path to take pictures of the flowers to post on Instagram. You’ll say it often and though you will say it in frustration at times, when you think back on it all, you’ll say it with a shake of your head and a smile.
Good luck to all the incoming freshman babies, and yes, you are a Hofstra baby. Enjoy your four years, they go by faster than you think!